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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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Empire creator Lee Daniels shared the cast reaction to Jussie Smollett's ongoing criminal case in a video on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.

The fallout continues as Empire's TV ratings crashed to a new low for the 2nd consecutive week.

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Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

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2 brothers from Nigeria will be charged in the alleged hate crime against actor and singer Jussie Smollett, 36.

The Empire star claims he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters with a rope and bleach. The men shouted racial and homophobic slurs as he left a Subway restaurant around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

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Lee Daniels spoke out about the alleged racial, homophobic attack on Empire star Jussie Smollet that occurred early Tuesday in Chicago. Smollett, 36, had arrived in Chicago Monday night. He was on his way to get something to eat at 2 a.m. when he was allegedly attacked.

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Chicago investigators are searching for video footage that may show the brutal attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett that occurred early Tuesday morning. Smollett was reportedly attacked by two masked men as he left his Chicago apartment to get something to eat around 2 a.m.

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